EASTERN Province chiefs have welcomed the setting up of the first-ever CT scan at Chipata General Hospital.
They said it was a worthwhile investment into the health sector.
Senior Chief Madzimawe of the Ngoni people said the move would help reduce travel expenses for the people of Eastern Province to the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka.
The traditional ruler said many people with various health complications would benefit from the new medical equipment.
He said the acquisition of such advanced medical equipment for general hospitals in Zambia was a sign of growth as a country, as it assured people of improved healthcare services.
“This is good news for the people of Eastern Province, because this machine means medical staff can do the relevant tests right here instead of sending patients all the way to Lusaka.
“Government is supposed to provide these services, as well as ensure facilities are well equipped if effective care and treatment for the people,” he said. And Senior Chief Madzimawe has called on the Government to consider additional health facilities for his chiefdom to help reduce the long distances his subjects were made to walk in search of medical services.
The traditional leader said health centres in his area were too distantly located forcing both patients and their families to experience difficulties in getting around.
He said some people especially pregnant women, preferred delivering at home or with the help of traditional birth attendants outside health facilities, which was risky.
“In fact, what we need are more health centres close to the people because right now citizens are forced to walk long distances from their villages to the few health facilities in the chiefdom, which has affected especially the pregnant women in labour who deliver at home because of the long distances,” he said. Government last week announced that it has procured three CT scans for Luapula, Northern and Eastern provinces to ease access to improved healthcare services for the people in those areas.